Last update: August 21st, 2019 at 8:00 am
Inside the Astrotech Payload Processing Facility on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the CALIPSO spacecraft is prepared for weighing. CALIPSO stands for Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation. It will fly in combination with the CloudSat satellite to provide never-before-seen 3-D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat will join three other satellites in orbit to enhance understanding of climate systems. The two satellites will launch aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket no earlier than Oct. 1 from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg.